“The start is narrow and it funnels the kids down,” Harvey said. “There are also other spots on the course that grow narrow, so it makes it a very difficult course.
“If you don’t get out in front early and get yourself in position it is difficult to pass the other runners, especially early in the course. And there are other spots on it where you can’t pass.
“At the state meet everyone runs well, so that makes it that much more important to get out to a fast start. But that has been Alex’s plan in every race she has ran this year so this race will not be any different as far as strategy.”
Harvey feels Pearcy will not be intimidated by the course or the competition.
“She went down there as a freshman, so as a junior Alex won’t be intimidated,” Harvey said. “She ran well at state her freshman year and I don’t think she was intimidated then.
“It is good that she is familiar with this course because there will be a lot of runners there for the first time.
“Alex knows what to expect from the course. She knows where the turns are and where you have to be at certain points of the race. It helps that she has ran at state before.”
Harvey said his runner has a chance to medal or place high at the meet.
“Alex will have to run faster than she did at the regional meet,” Harvey said. “The pace will be a lot faster. But Alex has ran better each week, and
I look for her to run her best on Saturday.”
MWHS CC notes: A scoring glitch from the boys’ regional cross country meet originally had the Rams placing 14th overall. After reviewing the times the Rams finished in 12th place.